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Hello, and thank you for stopping by!

I am a seasoned graphic designer and art director with over 12 years of experience in developing strong, cohesive campaigns with a focus on brand recognition and engagement.

What makes me different? I combine strategy with creative storytelling techniques to create impactful and lasting connections with any audience.

See something you like? Let's chat!

Contact

PHONE:

416-985-9255

EMAIL

walker.ballantyne@gmail.com

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Experience

2019-Present

Art Director
Livewire Communications

Oversees creative direction and execution of multi-national events and campaigns for businesses, including Fortune 500 clients. 

 

Concept creation — develops strategic creative campaigns tailored to the client’s vision and goals. Campaigns include print, digital, video, and immersive/experiential events. 

Creative execution — oversees development of client projects with focus on brand consistency, campaign messaging, and quality of deliverables.

RFPs & RFIs — develops highly visual and engaging documents to acquire new clients and projects for the agency.

Client engagement — leads creative pitches and presentations for clients. Addresses client questions and feedback regarding campaign development.

Team management — leads a team of creative professionals, including graphic designers, illustrators, and editors. Provides mentorship and guidance in support of their career development.

Notable accomplishments — art director for multi-million dollar Silicon Valley sales space. Project involved interior experience design, 360 video room experience, and 98 inch touch table interactive presentations. Recipient of Hermes Award (2019).

2007-present

Graphic Designer, Illustrator, & Brand Consultant

walkerballantyne.com

Past Clients

BMO

BMO Harris

Magna

Celestica

Intact Insurance

Bausch + Lomb (Canada)

HydroOne

Dentsu

McCain
McDonalds
Manulife Financial
Tetley

TBWA Canada

Past Industries

Technology

Retail

Finance

Technology & Electronics

Automotive

Food & Beverage

Healthcare

Hospitality

Education

Bachelor of Design

Major: Illustration 

Minor: Communication Design
OCAD University | Toronto, Ontario

Freelancer focused on supporting agencies and small businesses. Specializes in developing branded campaigns with impact.

 

Brand consulting — supports businesses in building and maximizing the impact of their branding.

Marketing campaigns — develops marketing campaigns and materials, including brochures, social media images, signage, and more.

Notable clients — TBWA\Toronto, Dentsu, Champs, Shiseido, Home Depot, Oliver and Bonacini, and Tangerine Bank.

2016-2019

Sr. Graphic Designer

Livewire Communications

Awards

2019 - Hermes Platinum

Strategic Programs / Interactive Brand Experience

2019 - Hermes Gold

Internal Communications Video

2019 - Golden Quill

Creative Platform

2019 - Golden Quill

Special and Experiential Events

Developed and implemented creative concepts while maintaining brand standards for Livewire clients. Promoted to Art Director in 2019.

 

Design mediums — creative projects include print and digital advertising, event and experience design, and visual identity systems.

Team management — oversaw multiple interns and freelance creatives.

Notable accomplishments — spearheaded the creation of Livewire's own brand guidelines and supporting collateral.

2014-2016

Graphic Designer

Realstar Hospitality

Creative lead on Days Inn and Motel 6 brands. Designed nation-wide advertising for both digital and print campaigns.

 

Notable accomplishments — executed a full design refresh for all company branded materials, distributed across all Days Inn and Motel 6 locations. 

2013-2014

Graphic Designer & Artist Relations

Gelaskins & Nuvango

Played a key supporting role in Nuvango’s rebranding efforts and managed relationships with third-party artists.

 

Rebranding — worked closely with the branding team to create custom lettering for the logo development stage of the project. Consulted on brand look and feel.

Artist relations — conducted outreach and curated content for artists looking to leverage Nuvango’s products to feature their work. Supported with project layouts and execution.

Custom work — created unique product designs for private clients. Supported with project layouts and execution. 

Skills

Design 

Graphic Design

Illustration

Typography

 

Art Direction

Print 

Digital

Video

Web

UX/UI

Live Events

Experiential

Additional Skills

Brand Strategy

Campaign Development

Project Management

 

Programs & Software

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe InDesign

Adobe AfterEffects

Microsoft PowerPoint

Keynote

2011-2013

Production Design & Illustrator
Jaymie McAmmond